Governor Issues Statement About GOC's Meeting on Riverview

January 22, 2016

For Immediate Release: Friday, January 22, 2016 Contact: Peter A. Steele, Communications Director

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage issued a statement today about the Government Oversight Committee's time-wasting meeting about Riverview Psychiatric Center.

“If the legislature stopped holding useless hearings like this, it would be the best thing they ever did for the Maine people,” said Governor LePage. "They had no recommendations, no action items, no proposed legislation—nothing but attacks. The last report to the Court Master found the negative news brought on by the constant drumbeat of legislative hearings is hurting Riverview’s ability to recruit needed employees.

"Lawmakers need to quit the political theater and go to work for the Maine people. To me, Riverview is a hospital in need of support, but to socialist lawmakers, it’s just another way to attack my administration in the media.”